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Conservative media figures are comparing possible prosecutions of Bush administration officials for their roles in authorizing the use of harsh interrogation techniques to circumstances in a "banana republic," in "Third World ... dictatorships," or "some little Latin American country that's run by ... the latest junta."
Following President Obama's trip to the Summit of the Americas, conservative media figures characterized Obama's actions at the summit as weakness, continuing the trend of portraying Democrats as weak on matters of national security and foreign policy.
In a New York Post column about recent comments President-elect Barack Obama made concerning Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, Ralph Peters claimed that, "Bush has done all he could to finish off the Al Qaeda leader (for Bush, it was personal; for Obama, it's just political)." But, in asserting that Bush "has done all he could to finish off" bin Laden, Peters ignored statements Bush has made denying the importance of capturing or killing bin Laden.
On Fox News' America's Election HQ, Ralph Peters falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama has said that the United States "should send ground troops into Pakistan" and "invade the country through which we get our supplies." In fact, Obama did not say he would "invade" Pakistan; rather, he stated: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and [Pakistani] President [Pervez] Musharraf won't act, we will."
Conservative media figures, including Bill Kristol, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, have attacked both the members of the Iraq Study Group and its report: Kristol has called the report "an evasion" and "not a serious document"; Limbaugh asserted that ISG members are "doing everything they can to unite the American people" in "defeat" and "surrender"; while Beck has called the ISG report "Operation White Flag."